Winner, winner, chicken dinner!
Well, it was a long and hard fought battle, but, as they say in Highlander, “There can be only one!”
Your Straight Razor Stewards (SRS) have spent many sleepless nights (Errr... one...) arguing, deliberating, procrastinating, and yes, mainly drinking, but we have a winner.
As you would suspect, three guys from different corners of the world had some pretty different ideas about which of these many entries was our favourite. But only one entry cropped up in all three short lists, and therefore THEY are the winner of the PIF.
Drum roll please....
The winner of the Straight Razor, I Am Man, Hear Me Bleed, PIF is....
Number 23, MattB!
You get all the glorious goodies spoken of at the beginning of the competition. Everything you need to get started shaving like a real man, in style. You also get the duty, no the honour, of providing us with a shave diary of your adventures, as you head down the slippery slope of straight razor addiction.
We would also like to make a special mention of a second entry, which we all thought really captured the essence of what it was to MAN UP, and take the bull by the horns. That entry was by #44, Fishaholic, for being enough of a woman to stand up to all of us, and telling us who's da man. We know you gals are da man.... :)
You will get a special “boobie” prize for your great entry. We are not sure what it will be yet, but we'll have a dig around and find something good for you.
So give the lucky winners a big pat on the back. The competition was fierce, but they are the ones left standing on the massive pile of LOSERS at the end of the day.*
Oh, and stay tuned if you live in a part of the world that was not allowed to play this time around. We are getting something together for you folks as we speak.
*(Just kidding, they were all great and we had a ball reading them. Thanks to everyone who took part and made this such an awesome competition. -SRS)
For those of you that didn't win, you can finally get off your duff, start prowling the BST for newbie straight sets or hit up the usual sources for beginner straights. It doesn't take a lot of money or blood loss to get started, so please join us in our enjoyment of straight razor shaving.
Competition time! The straight razor guys are taking over the forum and we are having a membership drive to swell our ranks. We know a lot of you have secretly dreamed of the day you would be ready to take the Safety out of your Safety Razor and start shaving like the big boys. Now is your chance.
To help you get started the Straight Razor Stewards (SRS) are going to give a lucky member a gift to get him started. A Freshly honed beverwyck straight razor donated by yours truly, a 2.5” bridal leather strop donated by Larryandro at Whippeddog.com, a cotton fabric strop I made myself pasted with 0.5micron CrOx from Handamerican.com, and a barber’s hone donated by member Natchez and fellow steward of the contributors corner, everything you need to make the manliness happen.
Donated from huck_1680
"Pure Black Badger 22mm TGN knot set in Elk antler
that was spun, sanded, polished and finished for a one-of-a-kind brush that should be handed down"
So what do you have to do to be worthy of such generosity? Compete, my friends! Compete for our entertainment!!
This competition is open to all CONUS members who have never shaved with a straight razor before. (Members in other countries, put your thinking caps on, there will be something similar for you soon.)
In your own words, tell us why you have always wanted to try straight razor shaving, but have thus far been too chicken. Extra points will be given for the originality and creativity of your answers.
The winner will also be expected to keep a shave diary in the straight razor section, so we can all see how he is progressing and laugh at his misfortunes... I mean give lots of encouragement.
Only one entry per member, so make it count!
The winner will be chosen by the straight razor stewards, and will be the person who seems most deserving to us. Deserving may just end up meaning amusing... but no correspondence will be entered into. We rock, and we are donating the prizes.
The competition closes on April 30th 2011 at 12PM pacific standard time and the winner will be announced in the straight razor section soon after, so get writing! This is your chance to finally Man Up and take the guards off your razor
Contest technical writing was done by Legion, I simply copied and pasted what he so patiently and carefully typed out